Library Assistant - Children's Services


City of Moline
Library Type: 
Public Library
Rock Island

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Monday - Thursday, alternate Friday/Saturday with 2 evenings per week


Under the close supervision of the Children's Services Coordinator, provides services to children with a focus on birth to 8th grade and their parents, caregivers, teachers and advocates; plans and presents programs in the library and off-site; cultivates relationships with school and community groups and manages assigned areas of the collection; exercises some independent judgment; provides skilled, efficient and courteous service to the public.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES Other duties may be assigned.

Provide reference and reader's advisory services to children and adults interested in children's material by applying knowledge and judgment of library resources to provide materials to meet patrons' interests, reading levels and needs.

Offer prompt and friendly service and a welcoming and safe environment to customers on a daily basis and explain and interpret established policies and procedures relating to the library as needed.

Understand and utilize multi-faceted library computer system; perform search functions and keep accurate records; assist users with library catalog, databases and Internet computers.

Operate and maintain general and specialized office equipment, such as cash registers, computers, fax machines, calculator, copy machines, multi-line phone system, die cut machine, label maker, etc.

Serve as a liaison with schools and community groups to promote library use.

Select, develop, deselect and weed children's library collections within an established budget.

Develop, implement and evaluate children's programs and activities in the library and community.

Market books and other library materials to enhance their appeal and promote their use by browsers including the creation of bibliographies.

Create visually appealing displays appropriate in the Children's Department.

Engage in public relations and marketing such as talks promoting children's services, writing public relations (PR) copy for programs, creating signs and posters, brochures and blog content.

Work at the Circulation desk, perform processing duties in Technical Services and shelve materials as needed.


Training and Experience

High school diploma or GED equivalent including or supplemented by courses in typing or word processing and public service experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of children's literature, as well as reading and interest levels; current reading, viewing and listening interests and trends of children; early literacy concepts; business English, spelling and arithmetic; modern office practices and procedures; reader interest levels, books and authors; numerical and alphabetical library filing; and telephone etiquette.

Skill in public relations; typing, data entry, arithmetic calculations and operating office machines with reasonable accuracy and speed to satisfy departmental needs; and in communicating with other employees and the general public.

Ability to convey a cheerful and positive personal image; handle confidential information with discretion; exercise initiative, tact and independent judgment within area of responsibility; learn assigned clerical tasks, library terminology and perform detailed accurate work; effectively convey library policies and procedures to the public; learn the use of the library's computer systems and equipment; follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively with patrons and staff, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public; learn to operate a multi-line telephone system; work calmly under stressful conditions; perform several tasks simultaneously; work as a team and independently; maintain reliable attendance and schedule; be flexible to adapt to changing situations, work duties and varied work schedules; perform programs and give presentations to all ages; and portray a strong commitment to public service and working with children, as well as an appreciation of children's literature. Ability to speak Spanish desired.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Valid Illinois driver's license or equivalent.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, talk, hear and perform considerable repetitive motion involving the use of fingers, hands and limbs. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, bend and lift and push books and other library materials up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Date below
Deadline Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018
Application Note: 

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